VENUE: Poortgebouw

on Monday 30 November -1

at: April 7-

Henk Bakker - bassclarinet, beats, voice, electronics

Lukas Simonis - prepared guitar, voices, electronics


A Short History


The band started as an excuse to improvise with laptops. & maybe also to have an excuse to edit the stuff we played & to make radio. So through the years, The Static Tics remained at the core of the WORM radio (for url's; scroll down) department, making radioplays, documentaries and radio magazines.


Using anything that we had on our hard discs;  radiojams, fieldrecordings, studiorecordings, live improvs... The concept was that editing and being unspontaneous can be just as interesting as a live-concert; just the dynamics differ....


From the start the band was mainly a radio & studio project centered around the similarity of people having the Syndrome of Giles De La Tourette and people that do experimental or improvised music. In 2007 The Tics decided to go ÜBERGROUND, trashed their laptops (not!) & went back to the old 'machines'; guitar and bass clarinet butstill using a lot of electronics. New element now; (non) fiction.

Except for curating the Radioplays series for WORM, (broadcasted on national radio 6, VPRO, Cafe Sonore) the Tics were quite active producing their own radioplays and sometimes making live-radioplays and of course, performing those.

There's a lot of Static Tics material on RADIO WORM. Actually, the Tics are the founders and keepers of this ongoing radio-magazine (2000-2012).

Since the year 2010 the Tics (under the banner of worm, later worm/klangendum) were through the Rotterdam Poetry International Festival 'matched' with poets to make a 'radioplay together; Usula Andkjaer Olsen (DEN) in 2010, Yan Jun (CHINA) in 2011, Saskia De Jong (NL) in 2012 and Michèle Metail in 2013. This resulted in live performances on the festival and also recorded versions of the work for dutch national radio. Since then the two gentlemen started their own radioprogram about radio art on the concertzender(.nl) called 'Dr Klangendum' and started to do all kinds of radioprojects.